Every single working day a spiritual battle is lost when the
Christian’s focus is not on Christ and His purposes.
Working to our new identity
For the Christian, a job is never just a job, like most of the colleagues around us.
Our lives in-Christ have led us into a new identity. We are now spiritual warriors in the midst of a battle, between good and evil, and we don’t get to walk away from this theatre of war when we go to our, so called, ‘secular’ jobs.
“We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One.
Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”
(Ephesians 2:10 TPT)
You see, in truth, there’s no such thing as secular work. This is ‘dualistic’ thinking, grounded in Greek humanistic philosophy that pervades our world today. In the kingdom of heaven there is no separation of ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’. They are all one to God, as it was to the Hebrews of the Old Testament.
So, I’m afraid we are deluded (or believing a lie) if we think we can neatly separate church life from the place where we perform our jobs.
Can you see how this ‘divide’ thinking hands to our adversary the largest chunk of our lives? There he sits, cosy and smiling to himself as many of us focus our attention on church matters, whilst the main battlefield is out there in the very place where we work.
The good news is that Jesus has already won the overall war and scripture tells us how the story ends. But it won’t be over until we have sealed all our personal battles in victory.
Would you like to work alongside Jesus to win a few battles where you work?
You can. In Ephesians 6, Paul teaches us how,
“Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.”